When planning a long car trip, you can’t help but fantasize about your journey’s end. Mandalay, Timbuktu, Tipperary – all famous destinations that conjure up all sorts of exotic and colourful images.
So where better to have as your journey’s goal than Nepal? This remote mountain state, sandwiched between China and India, has long captured the imaginations of explorers and adventurers alike, as the gateway to Everest and the Himalayas.
There are many routes into Nepal, most obviously by air. But by driving from India in to Nepal, you get a chance to appreciate how the landscape and people change as you travel from the vast India sub-continent into this relatively tiny Himalayan country.
Mikael explains how to prepare for success:
“Mikael, I had to abandon my expedition! My idea was to cycle through Africa, but I had to give up after just three months. I lost it along the way. What did I do wrong?”
My answer to this email was simple and direct: “You lost motivation and you hadn’t prepared enough!”
His email was similar to hundreds I have received in the last 25 years. After reviewing all of them at length, I realised these failed expeditions often had three things in common: Explorers had lost motivation, and they had failed to understand the need for good sleep, and the benefits of good food.
When the going got too tough, they proved not tough enough to keep on going! Key to any successful expedition is understanding why you go through all these hardships – at the most difficult of moments remember what it is that drives you, and draw on this, it can be your motivation.
“Mikael, can you please tell me how to get sponsorship?”
I must have heard this question a thousand times from potential explorers and adventurers. I think a quarter of all emails I receive today ask this. They are mainly from young people, the world over, who want to organise their first adventure and just don’t have the means.
Believing you are the perfect prospect for a sponsor is not enough. Most bids fail. No matter how good your idea, sponsorship comes with time and a good track record.
Even then it is not easy: I spend a lot of my time looking for my sponsors. So, to help, I have put together three tips for all those budding explorers keen to get out there. read more
Read our newest article on Mountain Biking adventures in Bhutan.
Clifford Krolik shares his experiences with us and how he travelled through India, Nepal and Bhutan on his mountain bike exploring the new smells, tastes and culture. Finding new tracks and taking his bike on the downhill tracks, blazing past the stunning scenery is definitely worth experiencing!
‘As daylight wanes, I’m still in awe. I just cannot get over it! There is no end to the majestic mountains, deep Grand Canyon-like valleys, and the intricately painted temples, monasteries and farmhouses perched on cliffs above and below. The bike is my vehicle providing me with an intimate experience in this magical place.’
Nestled in the Kathmandu Valley, but still at an altitude of at 1,200 metres, Kathmandu has a reputation for being one of the most interesting and friendly cities in the whole of Asia.
A home to the famous Mount Everest and neighbouring mountains in the surrounding Himalayas. As well as the start of less intense trekking holidays, white-water rafting adventures or cultural or wildlife tours throughout Nepal. Overall this bustling city is diverse enough to offer something for everyone.
All things considered, a visit to Nepal’s capital city is likely to leave a long-lasting impression that will make you want to keep coming back!
Read the whole article on An Introduction to Kathmandu…
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